Toll Brothers Profit Rises; Narrows Prder Outlook

Published August 24, 2011

| Reuters

Toll Brothers Inc (TOL) posted a higher quarterly profit, helped by a rise in orders, but the U.S. luxury builder narrowed its home delivery outlook for the year as it expects the housing sector to remain in a fragile state due to weak consumer confidence.

Toll narrowed the range of its full-year home delivery outlook to 2,475-2,675 homes from 2,300-2,800 homes.

The company expects 620-820 orders in the fourth quarter at an average price of $555,000-$570,000 per home.

The company expects to end the year with 210-220 selling communities. It ended the third quarter with 207 selling communities.

Consumer confidence is still weak and the housing sector remains in a fragile state, executive chairman Robert Toll said in a statement.

"The nation's economy continues to suffer from the lack of jobs in housing construction and the related manufacturing and service sectors that a healthy new-home market would typically generate," he added.

May-July profit was $42.1 million, or 25 cents a share, compared with $27.3 million, or 16 cents a share, a year ago.

Excluding items, pretax income rose to $24.1 million from $14 million a year ago.
Revenue for the company, whose rivals include KBHome (KBH), PulteGroup Inc (PHM) and D.R. Horton Inc (DHI), fell 13% to $394.3 million, lower than analysts' estimates of $403.6 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Deliveries fell 14% to 693 units. Net signed contracts climbed 2% to $406.7 million.

Shares of the Horsham, Pennsylvania-based company closed at $14.74 on Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange.

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